Nutella Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

When I first heard about World Nutella Day, I knew that my love of that wonderful chocolate-hazelnut spread required me to participate. That decision was the easy part. Knowing what to contribute was the hard part. Then, inspiration hit me as I drove home last night. In that moment, these cookies were born.

The basis of these cookies is a recipe that probably everyone reading this has made at some time. Taking that famous no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe and changing it up a bit seemed so obvious that I couldn’t believe I’d never thought of it. The old recipe is a combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and oats. So, why not use Nutella instead of peanut butter? Then, even better, use Frangelico instead of vanilla extract.

The result? In all humility and seriousness, these are awesome. Be warned: they are very chocolate-y. They are not for the faint of chocolate. Rich doesn’t even begin to describe them. I don’t think I can ever make these the old-fashioned way again. These are definitely the new and improved version. Make them, and I think you’ll agree. If not, then check out the other folks who love Nutella and see what they have to offer. And, if you’re a stranger to Nutella, go out and buy some today. You can thank me later.

World Nutella Day
Nutella Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Nutella Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 & 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon Frangelico (hazelnut-flavored liqueur)
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 3 cups rolled oats


In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, milk, sugar, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Reduce heat and continue to boil for 3 minutes, still stirring.

Remove from heat and add Frangelico. Add Nutella and mix well. Add oats and mix well.

Drop quickly onto parchment or waxed paper and allow cookies to set.

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  1. Ash February 7, 2007 Reply

    My goodness, those look great!

  2. Linda, The Village V February 7, 2007 Reply

    Nutella seems to be invading the blogosphere. I’m glad!

  3. Kristen February 7, 2007 Reply

    Those look incredible…. chocolate indeed!

  4. Abby February 7, 2007 Reply

    Those remind me of when I was a kid! We call it school fudge around here… YUM. Though I’ve never even had Nutella. I guess I need to change that.

  5. Natalia February 8, 2007 Reply

    That’s a great idea! I’ve made those no-bake cookies plenty of times but it has never once occured to me to use nutella instead of peanutbutter. I bet they were delicious!

  6. Ari (Baking and Book February 9, 2007 Reply

    Those are some decadant looking cookies! I got a sugar rush just from looking at the photo!

  7. Linda February 12, 2007 Reply

    They look so yummy-licious!!What a lip smacking delicacy!! Cheers!! Do peep into
    my blog and lemme know how you like it!!

  8. peabody February 17, 2007 Reply

    I will have to give these a try!

  9. rebekka March 21, 2007 Reply

    yum! Love this, and love your blog!


  10. frankie May 16, 2007 Reply

    I had nutella in my pantry and thought I would give them a try. If you love chocolate these are certainly something you should try. I have them set aside for now waiting to devour them.

  11. Kim December 2, 2007 Reply

    I found your blog through Flickr, and I must say everything here looks delicious! I also wanted to comment on these no bake cookies– I used to make a variation of them with my mother every holiday season as a child, but haven’t made them in years. Thanks for bringing back the memories– perhaps this year I’ll try your version!

  12. jennifer December 2, 2007 Reply

    Thanks, Kim! Happy holidays!

  13. Mom of kid w/ peanut allergy December 26, 2007 Reply

    Thanks for this idea! My daughter has peanut allergies and we’ve avoided all peanut butter and thus yummy cookies at our house (until I about died this year ready to make them!!) The Nutella version was awesome!!! Perfect for us

  14. jennifer December 26, 2007 Reply

    Glad you liked them!

  15. Jessica January 15, 2008 Reply

    I’ve made the peanut butter/chocolate version of these since about the time I started walking. When I saw this recipe on your site, I started scouring import stores (I live in China) for Nutella. The Nutella was successfully procured, but no Frangelico.

    Even with vanilla in place of the Frangelico, these were still really awesome…though I’m sure the Frangelico brings out the hazelnut flavour of the Nutella a bit.

    Served to some friends and got rave reviews. Thanks for the idea!

  16. jennifer January 16, 2008 Reply

    Jessica, I’m glad you liked them! You might try looking for some hazelnut flavoring instead of Frangelico. Although, I’m sure the vanilla worked well, too.

  17. c May 31, 2008 Reply

    Be careful if you have kids with peanut allergies – Nutella is made with PEANUT OIL.

  18. Tony July 15, 2008 Reply

    I just read that it is not made with peanut oil. Besides, my daughter (with a peanut allergy) is fine with commercial peanut oils as they do not contain the proteins.

    I would double check with Nutella, but I do not think they use peanut oil like they used to do.

  19. catarat August 13, 2008 Reply

    Hi – I love your website! I am obsessed with chocolate and baking, so I’ve bookmarked loads of these recipes for later. But i could not wait to make these, as I am bonkers over Nutella…your recipe is spot on (in the past I’ve had trouble getting these cookies to ‘set’ and they would remain glossy and chewy), but unfortunately I didn’t have the liqueur, so the hazelnut-chocolate flavor of mine is pretty subtle…which is slightly disappointing as I always expect my baked goods to retain the goopy intense flavor and texture of the actual Nutella. They are delicious of course, but I’m wondering if you (or anyone) has come across any recipes that retain a really strong Nutella flavor? Or should I just stick to jar-spooning? :)

  20. jennifer August 13, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, catarat. I have made several things with Nutella, but I don’t really have anything to offer with a super-strong Nutella flavor. You might try these blondies if for no other reason than the dollop of Nutella on top. :-)

  21. Patrick @ Appetite for Good September 27, 2010 Reply

    This is interesting! I was looking forward to an oatmeal cookie with Nutella flavor but this is completely different! I’d love to try this!

  22. Katie August 14, 2013 Reply

    Out of curiousity, is the Frangelico needed?
    Cuz I’m in an area where it’s not actually accessible.. :/

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      jennifer August 14, 2013 Reply

      Katie, you can substitute vanilla extract.

  23. Mary February 6, 2014 Reply

    What is frangelico?

  24. Jemma mercado February 17, 2014 Reply

    What if i cant find the frangelico thing? Should i subtitute it w/ vanilla extract?tnx

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